Eagles have tough free agent decisions ahead

Mike Vick, Eagles quarterback, Giants
Eagles quarterback Mike Vick will become a free agent prior to next season.

Eagles’ management will have a tough time determining the fates of some key players before training camp starts this summer.

Jeremy Maclin, WR: It’s a cruel and harsh thing to think, but the fact that Maclin tore his ACL last July and missed the entire 2013 season may have been the best thing that happened to the Eagles. Maclin had been coming off his second-best statistical season in 2012, when he hauled in 69 balls for 857 yards and seven touchdowns, and was poised for a breakout 2013. He was going to be looking at a multi-year deal worth around $8 million a year. That was a steep price before the injury. After it, Maclin may have to play on a one-year deal to prove his right knee is 100 percent.

Riley Cooper, WR: There were audible “Coop” chants this year at the Linc after Nick Foles established the 26-year-old as one of his go-to guys. Cooper was the second-best receiving weapon on the Eagles, with 47 receptions for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. Hard to believe after his tumultuous summer when half of Philadelphia wanted him cut outright for his use of a racial slur. But his size and length proved invaluable on short slants, in the blocking game and especially down in the red zone. Cooper earned just $495,000 in 2013 – if the Eagles want to keep him, they’ll need to pay him, maybe $3-4 million per season. Cooper told reporters after Saturday night’s loss that he wanted to return.

Nate Allen, S: The fourth-year safety was the early-season poster boy for poor draft choices during the Andy Reid era. In Week 2, he was literally run over by the Chargers on the ground and exploited over the top on big passing plays. He looked lost in coverage and unprepared to make game-saving tackles. By season’s end, he was one of the best players on the Eagles’ defense. With question marks at the other safety spot – Patrick Chung was a disaster, Earl Wolff showed flashes – it looks like Allen has played himself into a new contract.

Mike Vick, QB: Vick won’t sniff the starting job here. That ship has sailed. The question is, is there another NFL team willing to give him a shot as a starting quarterback? He’ll be an injury-prone, 34-year-old running quarterback by the time training camps get into full swing and there won’t be many teams knocking down his door. His only hope is that a team wants some cheap publicity (Raiders? Redskins?) or maybe he can turn into a reliable backup. The latter would be an intriguing option for the Eagles considering the abysmal play of rookie Matt Barkley.

Expect these guys back in 2014:
Jeremy Maclin, WR; Riley Cooper, WR; Cedric Thornton, DE; Colt Anderson, S; Donnie Jones, P; Nate Allen, S

Don’t expect these guys back in 2014:
Mike Vick, QB; Kurt Coleman, S; Arrelious Benn, WR; Brad Smith, QB; Phillip Hunt, DE; Clifton Geathers, DE


Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.


Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…


OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…


MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.


Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."


'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.


'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."


TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.


Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.


Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”


Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.


Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…


Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.


Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…


NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.


The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.